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Mr Early Years

I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!

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I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!
Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children.
MrEarlyYears
Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

A 4-page leaflet comprising a bank of activities for teachers, support staff, childminders and parents to engage with their child to help their learning. The activities all involve using playdough to help the child develop in the key areas of learning such as Speaking & Listening, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development etc. The leaflet is extremely useful for parents of children in EYFS and Year 1. The leaflet also serves to assist planning in the classroom and can be particularly useful for teaching assistants when leading intervention groups.
MrEarlyYears
EYFS Resources Bundle

EYFS Resources Bundle

EYFS Assessment pack including: A long Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing simple. A Reading Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing reading simple. Numeracy Assessment Grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in Numeracy Phonics/Literacy Assessment grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in phonics A shape assessment grid for recording children's knowledge of simple 2d shapes. Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Outdoor Learning Forest School (Complete set of Activities) 6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children. Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing: This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and anno Early Years Classroom Design (Setting up your Classroom) This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision and aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where. FREE: An 'All About Me' booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return. Playdough Leaflet: Ideas for parents
MrEarlyYears
EYFS Resources Bundle

EYFS Resources Bundle

EYFS Assessment pack including: A long Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing simple. A Reading Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing reading simple. Numeracy Assessment Grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in Numeracy Phonics/Literacy Assessment grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in phonics A shape assessment grid for recording children's knowledge of simple 2d shapes. Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Outdoor Learning Forest School (Complete set of Activities) 6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children. Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing: This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and anno Early Years Classroom Design (Setting up your Classroom) This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision and aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where. FREE: An 'All About Me' booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return. Playdough Leaflet: Ideas for parents
MrEarlyYears
Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children.
MrEarlyYears
Intervention Planning for Early Years.  Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.

Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.

This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and annotate notes to support further development including the children's next steps. These activities are designed for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Please leave a review and/or follow me!
MrEarlyYears
Observation and Assessment Pack (EYFS)

Observation and Assessment Pack (EYFS)

Included in this bundle is: A long Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing simple. A Reading Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing reading simple. Numeracy Assessment Grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in Numeracy Phonics/Literacy Assessment grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in phonics A shape assessment grid for recording children's knowledge of simple 2d shapes.
MrEarlyYears
Early Years Classroom Design (Back to School Resources for EYFS Continuous Provision)

Early Years Classroom Design (Back to School Resources for EYFS Continuous Provision)

Back to School! This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision, this resources will tell you what should be available for the children in areas such as the reading area, creative area, sensory area etc. Aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where. FREE: An on-entry assessment for numeracy FREE: An ‘All About Me’ booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return. Back to School!
MrEarlyYears
Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)

Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)

A letter to send home to parents for children chosen to take part in Forest School. This letter is in WORD format to enable you to edit easily. The letter informs the parents that a series of Forest School sessions are planned to take place and explains using clear simple language, what Forest School is. This letter also contains a permission slip for parents to authorize their child to take part.
MrEarlyYears
All About Me.  Booklet to go home for parents.  EYFS

All About Me. Booklet to go home for parents. EYFS

A booklet to send home to your parents during the first week of school. This booklet will serve as a great transition between the home and school for the child as it will allow them to draw pictures and (with help from an adult) answer the questions about themselves such as what they can do and what they like to play with. This All About Me booklet serves September well as generally, EYFS classrooms focus on learning about ourselves and each other. This gives each child a great opportunity to stand up and present their completed booklet and talk about it (themselves)
MrEarlyYears
Back to School: Year 1, 3 Lesson Plans for the first 3 Days of school (Number)

Back to School: Year 1, 3 Lesson Plans for the first 3 Days of school (Number)

BACK TO SCHOOL: Here I have planned 3 lessons in Number for year 1 maths. The planning is detailed planning including learning objectives, success criteria, teacher input and differentiated independent activities/challenges. Furthermore, the planning is in WORD to enable you to easily edit it to suit your own class/school’s planning format. Resources are also included but where resources are from a third party (such as Twinkl), I have left a suggestion to simply download them to avoid copyright issues.
MrEarlyYears
Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

A 4-page leaflet comprising a bank of activities for teachers, support staff, childminders and parents to engage with their child to help their learning. The activities all involve using playdough to help the child develop in the key areas of learning such as Speaking & Listening, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development etc. The leaflet is extremely useful for parents of children in EYFS and Year 1. The leaflet also serves to assist planning in the classroom and can be particularly useful for teaching assistants when leading intervention groups.
MrEarlyYears
Child Observation: A Learning Story (EYFS)

Child Observation: A Learning Story (EYFS)

A lesson observation sheet for EYFS (Nursery and Reception). I have called this a Learning Story as it allows the observer to write down exactly what is happening with a view of recording the learning. There is an extensive bank of prompts on the sheet to make observing easy for the assistant (LAS or TA) as well as the teacher. The prompts include "Is the child interested?", "Does the child take turns?", "Does the child express needs and feelings in an appropriate way?" etc. This helps to guide the observer to spot achievements and challenges for the child. On the reverse of the sheet, the Characteristics of Effective Learning prompts are listed in a clear easy to read table for easy observing.
MrEarlyYears
Shape Assessment (EYFS)

Shape Assessment (EYFS)

A sheet to record your assessment of the children in 2d shape recognition. Print this sheet twice (there are enough rows for 15 names) and simply fill in beside each child's name their results for recognition of each shape which is clearly shown.
MrEarlyYears
Bug Hunt.  Forest School Outdoor Learning searching for bugs and insects outside.

Bug Hunt. Forest School Outdoor Learning searching for bugs and insects outside.

This resource will enable you to take your children on an effective bug hunt in the garden of your setting. This resource will enable you to explore four different avenues to bug hunting while teaching children about habitats, names of insects/minibeasts, management of personal safety as well as fostering the development of confidence, independence, team work and communication and language.
MrEarlyYears
Small World.  Fairy World (EYFS&KS1) Outdoor Learning Forest School

Small World. Fairy World (EYFS&KS1) Outdoor Learning Forest School

A complete lesson plan for to develop creative story writing through small world play outside. This lesson plan will guide you to setting up your environment in a way that will inspire the children and develop their imagination. This lesson plan is for an approximate 2 hour session but has the possibility to be extended to a second session. Ideas for extension are included. This lesson plan fosters creativity, independence, confidence building and autonomy and is excellent for developing friendships and settling children in at the beginning of term. Fairy World is an exciting and magical lesson for all the children and adults and the introduction of the dragon at the end just makes everyone want more! Please leave a review and/or follow me for the chance to be the first to hear about more great resources!
MrEarlyYears
Outdoor Writing Challenge: Early years/ Kindergarten handwriting Sheet 2

Outdoor Writing Challenge: Early years/ Kindergarten handwriting Sheet 2

A simple writing challenge for your Reception children. This independent activity challenges the child to first locate the items on the sheet, which they have great fun doing with their friends, and then write down their name. There is guidance for letter formation included. For best results, provide a clipboard with interesting fancy pens!
MrEarlyYears
Bug Hotel.  Outdoor Learning Forest School Building a Home for Insects

Bug Hotel. Outdoor Learning Forest School Building a Home for Insects

Everything you need to create your own bug hotel! This lesson plan clearly presents how to easily build your own bug hotel while teaching children the importance of garden wildlife. The Bug Hotel lesson plan remains within the Forest School ethos and focuses on the social and emotional aspects of learning. The Bug Hotel lesson plan can be adapted to suit a Maths, Science or Forest School lesson. The Bug Hotel lesson plan is recommended for children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1.
MrEarlyYears
Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)

Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)

An observation sheet especially tailored to reading. With this sheet, you can observe the child during an adult led guided reading session or during independent child-led reading. The sheets contain an extensive range of prompts to guide the observer which makes observing quick and easy!
MrEarlyYears
Phonics homewoork oo sound worksheet

Phonics homewoork oo sound worksheet

A homework sheet for children to fill in the missing oo sound in words. a selection of oo as in book as well as oo as in moon have been included. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of CVC words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
MrEarlyYears
Numeracy Assessment (EYFS)

Numeracy Assessment (EYFS)

A sheet to record your assessment of the children in numeracy. Print this sheet twice (there are enough rows for 15 names) and use it for on-entry, term 2 and term 3 assessment. Simply fill in beside each child's name their results for numeral recognition, ability to count objects, count irregular objects and so forth. Each term's entry is on the same page to allow for progression to be seen easily.
MrEarlyYears
Forest School Outdoor Learning Introduction

Forest School Outdoor Learning Introduction

An introduction to gardening through a forest school ethos. This lesson plan contains games (warm up activities) to promote language, literacy and confidence. It contains challenges to promote resilience and confidence and an activity to develop an awareness and respect of/for nature. The lesson/activity is planned for around 2 hours.
MrEarlyYears